STANDING LIGHTSRed night-lights throughout
the interior of a ship.
STANDING PARTThe main part of a line, as
distinguished from its ends.
STARBOARDDirection to the right of the center
line as one faces forward.
STATEROOMA living compartment for an officer
or for a small number of officers.
STATION(1) An individuals place of duty. (2)
Position of a ship in formation. (3) Location of
persons and equipment having a specific purpose,
as a gun control station . (4) Order to assume a post
of duty, as Station the special sea and anchor
STAYAny piece of standing rigging, except a
shroud, providing support only.
STEADY (STEADY SO) (STEADY AS YOU GO)
(STEADY AS SHE GOES)Order to the
helmsman to steer the ship on the course it is
heading at the time the order is given.
STEMThe forward vertical extension of the keel.
STERNThe aftermost part of a vessel.
STERN HOOKMember of a boats crew whose
station is aft.
STERN LIGHTWhite navigation light that can be
seen only from astern to 6 points on either quarter
(total of 12 points, or 135).
STERNPOSTThe after vertical extension of the
STERN SHEETSThe after passenger space in an
STOPA short line attached to the edge of an awning,
boat cover, and so forth; used to lash the cover to a
STOWTo store or pack articles or cargo in a space.
STRAKEFore-and-aft strip of plating in the shell or
in a deck.
STRAND(1) One of the main subdivisions of a line
or wire. (2) The act of a vessel in going aground.
STRINGER(1) A longitudinal frame providing
strength to a ships sides. (2) A long timber
between piles at the edge of a pier.
S T R U C T U R A L B U L K H E A D Tr a n s v e r s e -
strength bulkhead that forms a watertight
SUPERSTRUCTUREThe ships structure above
the main deck, exclusive of the top hamper.
SWABThe same as, but never referred to as a mop.
SWAMPThe filling of an open boat with water
taken over the side.
TAFFRAILThe rail around the stern of a ship or
TARPAULINCanvas used as a cover.
TAUTUnder tension. A ship noted for its high state
of discipline and efficiency is known as a taut ship.
TENDER(1) One who serves as a precautionary
standby, as the line tender for a diver. (2) An
auxiliary vessel that acts as a support ship for other
ships, as a destroyer tender.
THREEFOLD PURCHASEA tackle containing
two three-sheave blocks.
THWARTPlank set athwartships just below the
gunwales in an open boat; acts as a seat and
provides support to the sides.
TOPSIDEGenerally refers to weather decks.
TRANSVERSE FRAMEStructural member that
extends outward from the keel and upward to the
TRICE UPTo secure bunks by hauling them up and
hanging them off (securing them) on their chains.
TRUE BEARINGThe angular difference between
lines drawn from the observer to true north and to
TRUNKThe uppermost tip of a mast.
TURNBUCKLEDevice for setting up a tension, as
in a lifeline, by turning a buckle into which two
eyebolts are threaded.
TURN OF THE BILGEWhere the side meets the
TURN IN(1) Retire to bed. (2) Return articles to the
TURN OUT(1) Get out of bed. (2) Order out a
working party or other groups, as to turn out the